FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was a bittersweet day for the Gallaudet University baseball team here Thursday as it swept Southern Vermont College, 9-8 and 9-7, in a non-conference doubleheader at the Lee County Player Development Complex. The wins were the first and last for the Bison against Southern Vermont, who will shut down its school at the end of this semester due to financial hardship. Gallaudet (7-11) entered today's doubleheader 0-4 all-time against the Mountaineers (3-6-1).
Game 1: Gallaudet 9, Southern Vt. 8
GU built an 8-0 lead through the first two and a half innings as the Bison scored four times in the first and third innings before Southern Vermont got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. The Mountaineers cut the Bison lead to two, 8-6, before GU tacked on an important insurance run in the top of the seventh and got out of a jam in the bottom half of the frame to end the game.
Southern Vermont committed four of its five errors in those two four-run innings as Gallaudet took advantage of the Mountaineer miscues. Junior Winston Lane III (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) came through with a RBI sing left field in the first to score senior Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.). A balk and fielding error opened the door for GU to score two more runs to take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the first.
In the top of the third, Gallaudet scored runs via wild pitch, passed ball and fielding errors as the Bison gave their starting pitcher Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.) an 8-0 lead.
The Mountaineers got several runs back due to home runs as Zack Stacey (3-for-4, four RBI) hit a three-run shot in the third and Cody Sullivan added a solo homer in the fourth.
Southern Vermont loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh before the Mountaineers grounded into a double play and struck out swinging to end the game.
Delgado picked up his second win of the season as the junior went five innings as he surrendered five runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out four.
Ryan Serrato (0-1) took the loss for Southern Vermont as she allowed seven runs (six earned) on three hits, walked one and struck out two in 2.1 innings worked before being lifted in the third.
Game 2: Gallaudet 9, Southern Vt. 7
The Bison had to dig out of an early 5-0 deficit in the second game against Southern Vermont. The Mountaineers scored four times in the first and Stacey (2-for-3, three runs) hit a second home run, on the day, in the second inning.
Gallaudet settled down and got back into the game with five runs in the bottom of the second as the Bison went on to outscore Southern Vermont, 9-2 the rest of the way, after it trailed 5-0. GU scored all of its runs in a three-inning span.
The Bison came through with several clutch extra-base hits in the second when Gilbert doubled in two runs and senior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) had a RBI triple.
Southern Vermont battled back with a two-run double by Kyle Liddy to take a brief 7-6 lead in the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, GU pushed across three runs with the eventual game-winning run being scored by Lane on a Seo sacrifice bunt.
Freshman Shea Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) threw a complete game on the mound as he went seven innings where he allowed seven runs on nine hits, walked five and struck out a season best 10 batters.
Nick Gambardella (0-2) took the loss as he allowed three runs in the fourth inning on four hits and one strikeout.
- Five different Bison had two hits in the second game, three had two hits in the first game
- Shea Sliva Wynne led all Bison with five runs scored and two triples in the doubleheader
- Gu stole nine bases (seven in the first game)
- Gallaudet had hosted Southern Vermont at Hoy Field for the past three years
- The Mountaineers outscored the Bison, 25-8, in the previous four meetings
- GU was originally slated to face Williams College (3-0) on Tuesday, March 19, but that game was canceled due to rain and will not be made up
Gallaudet will wrap up its Spring Break trip with a game against Bethany (W.Va.) College (10-4) tomorrow (Friday, March 22) at 9 a.m.